Hazlehurst museum a trip to Mississippi's musical past

March 9, 2015 6:01 AM

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When a young Robert Johnson first began to play the guitar around the Delta, many fellow musicians described his playing as "chicken scratch," according to Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame founder Jim Brewer.

Johnson hopped on a boxcar headed toward his hometown of Hazlehurst. When he returned to the Delta two years later with his unique style sounding like two people playing guitar at once, it prompted the legend that he sold his soul to the devil to learn to play.

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